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Living With Ocd

A Life With OCD

Farsh Askari | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Farsh Askari

Saying it feels odd calling home as a patient in a mental institution is an understatement. Yet not long ago, that's what I found myself doing.

TV Host Says He Was Fired After Stunning 'Oprah Show' Confession

OWN | Posted 11.14.2014 | OWN

Back in the late '80s and early '90s, Marc Summers was the original host of the messy children's game show "Double Dare" on Nickelodeon. For more than...

Do You Think You Are Out of Options for Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Carolyn I. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Carolyn I. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.

As a clinical psychiatrist and researcher, my goal is to uncover new treatments for people like John, who have tried standard treatments, but who continue to have severe symptoms. John has tried all of the research studies offered in our research clinic, and those offered in other academic settings in New York City. Now he is my office and at the end of his rope. Could he be a candidate for a surgical procedure called deep brain stimulation, also called DBS?

My OCD, By The Numbers

Abby Heugel | Posted 09.20.2014 | Women
Abby Heugel

I would much rather deprive myself of certain things or stick to my rigid routine than deal with not knowing how I'll feel if I change it all up.

This Is What It's Really Like To Have OCD

Pete Mason | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Pete Mason

When others say, "Oh, it's just my OCD acting up," no, it's not OCD, you're just particular about things, and there is a major difference. Preferring a drink with less ice isn't OCD, you just don't like that much ice in your drink.

Building a Transmedia Project for Young Adults With Mental Illness, Their Families and Their Health Care Providers

Mona Shattell | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Mona Shattell

Telling stories across multiple media forms, tapping the strengths of each, offers the potential to develop meaningful stories in much deeper and more engaging ways.

Girls and OCD

Tara Fass | Posted 05.12.2014 | TV
Tara Fass

OCD afflicts Girls main character Hannah, who has been in remission for the better part of a decade. When it returns, we see a full blown relapse in all its eerie "glory." Hannah's first bout officially appeared in high school. We imagine her as a neurotic over-achiever with dreams of being a writer, who went overboard, as she became out of control with her desire to be in control.

How Chewing Gum Is Good for Your Eyebrows (or at Least Mine)

Arlene Schindler | Posted 03.09.2014 | Women
Arlene Schindler

My first experiences began somewhere around age 13. I picked on myself when I felt picked on at school or home and late at night when studying for tests because I didn't know the answers or when I worried over upcoming tests.

The One Thing Not To Say To Someone With OCD

Nile Cappello | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Nile Cappello

Unless you are educated on OCD, have seen a therapist, or have some sort of confirmation other than your own unfortunate desire to connect with me about this -- I'm going to be honest and let you know I really, really don't want to hear your superficial self-diagnosis.

The First Few Chapters of a Life With OCD

Matt Bieber | Posted 08.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Matt Bieber

I hope to offer up a raw and naked account of a disease that is too often trivialized or misunderstood. I want to share something that others can relate to -- both OCD sufferers and those who simply wish to understand more about this condition.

How to Stop Worrying About Worrying

Therese Borchard | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Therese Borchard

Too many "what if's" and your orbital cortex as shown will light up in beautiful neon colors, like the walls of my daughter's bedroom. However, with repeated cognitive-behavioral exercises, you can cool it down and return your PET scan to the boring black and white.

Losing It

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 01.16.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

My daughter was surfing the Internet and asked me why Britney Spears shaved her head a few years back. "She was having a nervous breakdown," I explained. My daughter looked at me thoughtfully. "Isn't that what you have sometimes?" she asked. GULP.

Tragedy Underscores The Dangers Of Elderly Hoarding

Posted 10.09.2012 | Fifty

A tragic fire earlier this week in Greenwich, Conn. that killed a 42-year-old-man and left his 69-year-old mother in critical condition in a burn unit...

Is Your Mom Or Dad A Hoarder?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.27.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

A 50-year-old businesswoman recently walked into her 83-year-old father's apartment and nearly passed out from what greeted her: stacks and stacks of papers, magazines, books -- "literally from the floor to the ceiling."

Living With OCD

Dr. Jon LaPook | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jon LaPook

OCD can be a devastating disease. Patients have intrusive, uncontrollable thoughts and severe anxiety centered around the need to perform repetitive rituals.